Corruption is a world-wide problem. With the advancement of globalization and corporatization, it has become more [not less] an issue that now undermines communities everywhere and their ability to preserve their inalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Much of corruption stems from the unholy alliance between business corporations (Business, Inc) and government corporations (Government, Inc). Historically governments had more power than corporations and could set limits to their exploitation of communities and “We the People”. However, with the onset of global trade agreements, that has changed.
The Corporation; Democracy Ltd.
1. the act of corrupting or state of being corrupt.
2. moral perversion; depravity.
3. perversion of integrity.
4. corrupt or dishonest proceedings.
6. debasement or alteration, as of language or a text.
7. a debased form of a word.
8. putrefactive decay; rottenness.
9. any corrupting influence or agency.
1 a : impairment of integrity, virtue, or moral principle : depravity b : decay, decomposition c : inducement to wrong by improper or unlawful means (as bribery) d : a departure from the original or from what is pure or correct
the act of promising, giving, receiving, or agreeing to receive money or some other item of value with the corrupt aim of influencing a public official in the discharge of his official duties. When money has been offered or promised in exchange for a corrupt act, the official involved need not actually accomplish that act for the offense of bribery to be complete. The crime is typically punishable as a felony.
Although bribery originally involved interference with judges, its definition has since been expanded to include actions by all sorts of government officials, from the local to the national level, and to cover all public employees. Special provisions also have been enacted in various jurisdictions to punish the bribing of voters, jurors, witnesses, and other lay participants in official proceedings. Some codes also penalize bribery in designated classes of private or commercial transactions (e.g., bribery of labour-union officials by employers).
What can we do to stop this growing corruption that seems to be everywhere? There are many great ideas on this topic from many wise people. Here are a few . . .
Don’t engage in corruption yourself. Always (no matter what the cost) do the right thing. In the end the only thing you are really responsible for is your good name.
Learn to identify corruption. Learn what “bribery”, “conflict of interest”, and “fraud” means and how to spot them. Don’t assume all public officials and businesses are honest, but remain skeptical.
When you discover it, expose corruption. Let others know about it. Without transparency, corruption can [and does] continue to grow as a parasite on society.
Always oppose corruption. It never serves to preserve life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for the larger population, but gives a select dishonest few monetary rewards – at the expense of everyone else.
Don’t be timid about raising questions in public forums regarding
1) conflict of interest
2) lack of transparency
3) misrepresentation of the facts aka fraud
Too often corruption is allowed to thrive because the corrupt ones a) intimidate the general public and/or b) deceive the general public via “perception management”. “Spin” or “framing” is used extensively by both Business, Inc. and Government, Inc. This gives them the cover they need to continue their nefarious agendas without fear of accountability or PROSECUTION! To date, many of the corrupt ones have managed to convince us that it is “impolite” to question unethical policies or programs in public. THIS HAS TO STOP!
The AntiCorruption Society is dedicated to exposing and opposing corruption on all levels: international, national, regional, state, county, city and township. To help identify corruption, we will post examples. Others are encouraged to use these examples to help them locate and combat corruption in their own communities.
If we want to live in a safe honest world where ethics and morality dominate social values, we are going to have to become vigilant and diligent.
We also need to support a legal system that honors and respects all! We are all equal in an honest legal system.
Do not do unto others
that which you would not have others do unto you.
Over the past several years I have been conducting an informal survey. This survey consists of only one question and I’ve posed it to many friends, relatives, and acquaintances. I’ve received only one response to my solitary question – an enthusiastic “YES”!
My question . . . “Do you feel like we are drowning in corruption?”
This is a very sad commentary about the world in which we live. As I too feel like we are drowning in corruption, it seemed appropriate to attempt to do something to address this horrific problem that is now impacting all of us.
However, what can “common folks” do to combat the corruption that seems completely out of control? Perhaps we need to take Michael Jackson’s advice and look at the Man (or Woman) in the Mirror. Each one of us individually can start by stopping our silent acquiescence and begin ACTIVELY “exposing” and “opposing” corruption whenever we come upon it.
This blog is dedicated to that goal.
Like everyone else I am conservative about some things and liberal about others. I have no loyalty to either team; the Democrats or the Republicans. Both parties have been hijacked by special interests and currently our politicians are more concerned with getting re-elected than serving the population in any substantiative way. Our country has been corporatized and the population needs to wake up to this reality, recognize the harm this model is causing and help unicorporate our government on all levels.
My background includes: retired Registered Respiratory Therapist, former instructor in Cardiac Life Support (Basic & Advanced), former Realtor, former Court Appointed Special Advocate for Abused and Neglected Children, environmentalist, data entry, more-than-average-experience regarding legal issues, researcher, wife (of a retired physician), mother and grandmother – and a bit of a techie.
If you are a Freemason, or if you believe that human males are no more than cannon fodder, human females are no more than brood mares, human children are no more than possessions to be exploited, and animals have no more value than gravel – then go no further. You will find this web site and the articles I post incomprehensible.
Propaganda aka “Perception Management”: The Century of Self (there are 4 episodes)
Corportization: The Corporation
Dual Legal System: It’s an Illusion
Financial corruption: TheMoneyMasters